The emergence of Benjamin Netanyahu as the new head of a right wing dominated government despite the presence of Labor in the coalition does not deem well for peace with Syria. Bashar Assad, president of Syria, expressed a desire for peace but did not expect much from the Netanyahu government. “We don’t expect much in the forseeable future.. since (President Obama) has announced clear positions on Iran and Afghanistan, but we haven’t heard an announced clear position on the peace process.” He can only wonder whether a Netanyahu government will go much beyond saying they want peace but when it comes to specific issues of compromise there is little in the background of the new government to suggest it thinks anything other than Palestinians should agree with their ideas.
There is no force for compromise and peace in the new Israel government. Unless President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exert pressure, the prospect for peace in the Middle East is rather dim.